Poetry Wellness

Slowdown Shuffle: 50 Evidence-based, Immune-Boosting Activities to do During the Global Slowdown to Go From Wired and Tired to Chilled and Fulfilled:

As the pandemic forces the world to go into ‘lock down’, many people are wondering what they’ll do, how they’ll survive,  and how they’ll avoid going stir crazy.

Whether or not you are in lock down, the best thing you can possibly do is focus on being ‘Positively Well’.

Here is a poem with 50 evidence-based, immunity-boosting, anxiety relieving wellness activities that can be done during the current global slowdown with minimal cost, skills or equipment. These activities include some of the most potent ways to defend against a virus, deal with chronic disease and alleviate the anxiety associated with the current global uncertainty. Click on each activity to see a sample of the scientific evidence behind it.

This short ‘Poetic Prescription’ will help you stay ‘Positively Well’ and go:


“From Wired and Tired to Chilled and Fulfilled”.

Hold someone’s hand, gaze into their eyes

Go barefoot in nature, bask in sunrise


Choose a dance partner, go find your groove

Do tai chi or yoga, mindfully move


Share a massage, enjoy healing touch

Focus on one thing and don’t think too much


Make time for a hobby, play chess, fly a kite

Make use of your hands, draw, paint, sew or write


Help someone in need, donate to a cause

Play games, meditate, read stuff from bookstores


Turn off your screens, get a good sleep

De-clutter, spark joy, love what you keep


Dig around in a garden, pick up a guitar

Slip into a bathtub, sauna, or spa


Care for a pet, take up a sport

Go on vacation, make your home a resort


Lie in a hammock, release pent-up stress

Relax and do nothing, then do even less


Laugh out loud, share a joke, give someone a kiss

Say a prayer, chant a mantra, follow your bliss


Each of the 50 activities listed above is linked to the scientific evidence to support it. One document has been linked to each activity with a preference given to more recent articles, systematic reviews and articles that discuss improvements in mental health, immunity and general wellbeing.

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Dr Marc is a medical doctor, university professor and wellness trailblazer who has spent more than 30 years practicing and researching holistic health. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books and technical texts on wellness and natural medicine and is author of the illustrated children’s book “The Beautiful Mare and the Boy Who Gave Thanks“. He is the Founder of the Extreme Wellness Institute and Co-Founder of the Bathe the World Foundation. You can find him at www.drmarc.co , www.extremewellness.co  and at www.facebook.com/drmarc.co  www.instagram.com/extreme_wellness

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